|DU COTE DE LA COTE (ALONG THE COAST) (THE RIVIERA: TODAY'S EDEN) (director/writer: Agnes Varda; cinematographers: Quinto Albicocco/Raymond Castel; editor: Henri Colpi/Jasmine Chasney; music: Georges Delerue; cast: Roger Coggio, Anne Olivier, Jacopo Nizi (narrators); Runtime: 25; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Anatole Dauman/; Janus; 1958-France-in French with English subtitles)|
documentary on the French Riviera."
by Dennis Schwartz
Varda ("Le Bonheur"/"The Gleaners and
I"/"Cleo from 5 to 7") helms this visually lush
documentary on the French Riviera. The New Wave French
filmmaker, now 87-years-old, paints a sarcastic view
of the Riviera as a place of Eden. It features
tourists, historic buildings, parks, gardens and
beaches. The director, using 3 narrators (Roger
Coggio/Anne Olivier/Jacopo Nizi) to voice her
tongue-in-cheek comments, pokes gentle fun at the
summer vacationing bourgeois while giving us an
abbreviated history lesson of the south of France . It
also features a look at merry-making tourists during
the annual carnival, a shot of Henri Matisse's grave,
the mostly yellow and blue hats worn by the wannabe
fashionable lady tourists and shows us the hotel where
Emile Zola honeymooned.
REVIEWED ON 3/11/2015 GRADE: A-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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